Communication Tools & Resources

Prepping for media coverage on a new paper? Getting ready to meet with a legislator? Wondering how to share insights from your science in a way that's meaningful to a non-scientist? Here are a few of our go-to resources:

The Message Box Workbook

Our most fundamental tool, no matter who you’re preparing to communicate with, now comes with detailed instructions so that you can create and refine your Message Boxes on your own or with your colleagues.


Full of our insights from 15 years of teaching this tool to scientists, this is a powerful way to distill what you know and why it matters for your particular audience. If you’re going to tackle just one thing to up your communication effectiveness, start your Message Box today!

Escape from the Ivory Tower 

This book by Nancy Baron, our Director of Science Outreach will lead you through many of the foundational concepts and communication skills we cover in our trainings, from knowing your audience and articulating your ‘So What’ to understanding policy and media culture and an introduction to social media. Full of insight from scientists, policymakers, and journalists that we have worked with, as well as tried-and-true methods from Nancy and the COMPASS team, you’ll find that this frank, practical, and entertaining guide will help you up your communications game and make your science matter.

Meeting with a policymaker?
Heading to Capitol Hill? Learn what to expect.
Invited to give Congressional testimony? Read this.
Dreading being asked "What should we do?" Here's more about the agony of the ask.
Not sure how to get started, what to share, or how to share it? This can help.

About to engage with the media?
Reaching out to journalists? Here's a primer.
Got a radio interview? Consider these tips.
Thinking about writing an op-ed? Read this first. 
Working on a press release? Here are some journalists' do’s and don’ts.

Perhaps most importantly, what kind of communicator should you be? Yourself. Learn why we think so.

The GradSciComm Report

In late 2012, COMPASS received NSF grant 1255633, “A Workshop to Explore Building Systemic Communication Capacity for Next Generation Scientists.” Known in shorthand and on Twitter as #GradSciComm, this work sought to assess the current landscape of science communication workshops, courses, and trainings available to graduate students in the STEM disciplines, convene a workshop of science communication trainers, scholars, science society leaders, funders, administrators, and graduate students, and provide concrete recommendations to agencies, institutions, and individuals for integrating science communication skills into STEM graduate education. The project culminated in our GradSciComm Report and Recommendations—a summary of our work, findings, and recommendations.

Clicking on the GradSciComm Report image will start an automatic download of the PDF.

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